I was sitting around today reminiscing about some time I spent with my mom going through some old photo albums and I had a horrible thought. My mom knows who all the people and places are in those old books, but none of the rest of us do. I do not want that family history or those memories to be lost when she is gone, so we are going to start a project to archive them.
The plan is this. I will sit down with my mom and go through all of the old albums putting a post-it note on each one with all the information. I will then scan all the photos and have a series of photo books printed with captions describing each photo. I can make copies for everyone in the family, this stuff is cheap on sites like Snapfish. It may take a few years (we have a lot of albums), but I hope to put together a library of books that contain the photographic history of my family.
I urge you, if you have older family members, to find a way to record this history so it is not lost forever. I want my children to be able to look back at these some day and not wonder who all those strange people are in those old pictures. It will be a few months before I have a chance to get started, but if you can, start now. If you put it off too long it may be too late.
My sister and I in the 70’s
HDR style image done with layer blending in Photoshop
This is my first attempt at using layer blending in Photoshop to simulate a photorealistic HDR look. I have tried to use the HDR processing in Photoshop, but I was never happy with the results. I also wanted a more natural style and not the typical crazy HDR look.
The image was created from three bracketed shots taken at +2ev, 0, and -2ev. I first processed each image seperately for the part I wanted. The -2ev shot was developed for the sky, the regular exposure for the overall look, and the +2ev for the highlights in the shadows under the eaves of the house. These were also done handheld by being extra careful not to move.
I won’t go into the exact process, but rather I’ll let the master, Serge Ramelli, show you himself in this video.
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Me and my babies
Well, I finally did it, I set up a real blog. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a couple years now, but never got around to it. I plan to use this space to post info about my photography and post processing adventures. I will be including pics, different techniques I’m experimenting with, some photo editing challenges, and some behind the scenes and how to posts. I also plan to include tips on taking better pictures geared towards the beginner and those who wish to improve their photography but don’t necessarily want to learn the technical side of things. Basically, how to get better pics with the auto and scene modes on modern cameras.I will also be using this space to promote photowalks i’m involved with and to showcase some work done by friends of mine.
I hope you’ll stay tuned and join me on my journey. I will be posting at least once a week, but I’ll put up stuff more often if I can. You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ using the links below. You can also check out my Gallery site to see some of the stuff I’m working on. I will put up a portfolio once I have enough images too.
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